Monday, 21 August 2017

Rock pool motor-skills learning craft activity

Rock pool motor skills learning craft activity

Although the beach can be a challenge for us - it can also be great.  Our eldest loved rock pooling and finding creatures in the shallow waters.  He had great fun and to either prepare or to revisit this, we had fund making our own 'rock pool' with this fun motor skills learning craft activity.

Our eldest son is very interested in what's going to happen or go over what's happened.  It's part of his learning routine to think about what happened today.  Many people with autism feel comforted by routine and this is certainly the case with Anthony. We can also chat about what you find or may find in rock pools and other things too, like you can't drink the water!

Anthony in the rock pools

Many people with autism also have fine or gross motor skills challenges.  This fun craft activity combines the thinking about rock pooling and using motor skills.

This activity requires some preparation - mainly the cutting out of any animal shapes such as fish or crabs.  I did this activity with Jane at Me Too & Co where the materials were pre-cut but if the child can and wants to do the cutting then you might find easigrip scissors may help them.  In addition to some shapes you will need:
  • Tin foil
  • Paper plate
  • Glue stick
  • Decorations - we used bubble wrap, tin foil strips wrapping paper, card strips, kitchen sponges and glitter 
To make your rock pool, cover the paper plate in glue and wrap it in tin foil.  This is your basic rock-pool.  Then simply fill it with what you might find.  We made fish out of wrapping paper, a jelly fish and a muscle out of the sponge fuzz and stuck them all down with glue. 

When making the rock pool, place the items around the table. This will encourage the child to cross their mid line - stretching their hands across the middle of their body to use them.  All gluing will encourage bilateral motor skills (using two hands together) by holding the paper and then gluing with the other hand. 

We had great fun - what would you put in your rock pool?

This post is supporting the Makaton Charity #wetalkmakaton sign of the week 'water'.  

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